NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A fugitive on the FBI's 10 most wanted list was arrested in Mexico on a murder charge more than three years after his girlfriend's son died of child abuse, authorities announced Monday.
Genero Espinosa Dorantes, 35, was taken into custody Saturday in the border city of Tijuana, investigators said.
Dorantes and the child's mother, Martha Patlan, had been sought since 4-year-old Luis Osvaldo Cisneros' body was found dumped in a Nashville park on Feb. 23, 2003.
The child's autopsy showed he suffered from battered child syndrome, was scalded, suffered burns from the waist down and had internal head injuries.
Nashville police said they believe the couple were in Mexico since they fled but had recently separated.
Patlan agreed to cooperate with police and was taken into custody Feb. 20 in Mexico.
Each face charges of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse, said detective Brad Corcoran.
Corcoran said he believed Dorantes was smuggling illegal immigrants into the state at the time of the child's death.
When the couple fled Nashville, an Amber alert was issued because it was believed that they had two children with them — Luis' older sister, Mariana Cisneros, and his younger half brother, Edgar A. Espinosa.
Espinosa, 4, was living with Dorantes in Tijuana when he was arrested, authorities said. Espinosa was born in Nashville and is currently in the custody of the United States Consulate in Tijuana, police said in a news release.
Cisneros, 11, was living with Patlan and is in the custody of relatives in Mexico.